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Royal Charter Shipwreck case study

The 'Great Storm of 1859', one of the most destructive storms in British history, hit the coast of Wales on 25-26 October 1859. Nearly 150 ships were lost, the most famous of which was the steamship Royal Charter, which wrecked off the coast of Anglesey with the loss of 450 lives. The shipwrecks of the Great Storm provide a unique window on the Victorian period in Wales - a moment in time through which to explore our trading links with the wider world, forgotten maritime industries, and the society of the day.Three schools from Anglesey spent several months studying the Royal Charter shipwreck, in a joint partnership project between Cadw and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW). Read about their project, get great ideas for classroom activities and see examples of the work produced by the pupils. You can also explore the source material they used here on People's Collection Wales, including beautiful gold artefacts and everyday objects recovered from the Royal Charter shipwreck. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Numeracy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for making your own digital projects. 

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Tudor Houses and Homes

What kind of homes did people have in Tudor times? What did they look like, how were they made and what were they made of? Were they simple or luxurious? Look at photographs, drawings and plans of different Tudor houses. Develop planning, thinking and communication skills, and learn about life in Tudor times.This resource is bilingual. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.

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Victorian Swansea - People and Possessions

What objects did the people of Swansea have in their houses in the mid-19th century? When you visit a museum you will see displays of household objects and everyday items that have survived from the 19th century. Some have been handed down through families, some have been found by archaeologists, some have been bought or borrowed, some have been donated to the museum. Some relate to people's work, some to running the household, some to leisure and pastimes.Objects can tell us a lot about how people lived, how well-off or poor they were and what sorts of materials and manufacturing were available. We can also see what sorts of things were bought and sold, used and treasured, thrown away or lost by people in the past.This Learning Activity has everything you need to run a session yourself in the classroom, and can also link with school workshops at the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Museum. Key Stage 2History, Computing, Literacy skills  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 3 relating to 'Victorian Swansea' for KS2.

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Victorian Swansea - People’s stories

Who were the Victorians of Swansea? How can we find out about the ordinary people who lived and worked in Swansea in the 1850s? What was Walter Butt doing with a pineapple? Why was Mrs Phillips criticised for selling fruit on a Sunday?This Learning Activity explores some of the sources which briefly record moments in the lives of the people who otherwise disappear from history and encourages students to interpret the sources and create characters themselves. Key Stage 2History, Computing, Literacy skills Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 3 relating to 'Victorian Swansea' for KS2.  

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Blaenavon Ironworks KS3

Investigate the ironworks at Blaenavon, one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and now a World Heritage Site. Look at plans, maps, drawings, photographs and written reports to discover what life was like at a working ironworks. Explore the changes that happened in Wales between 1760 and 1914 and develop thinking skills through historical enquiry.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.

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Blaenavon Ironworks KS2

Investigate the ironworks at Blaenavon, one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and now a World Heritage Site. Look at plans, maps, drawings, photographs and written reports to discover what life was like at a working ironworks. Explore the changes that happened in Wales between 1760 and 1914 and develop thinking skills through historical enquiry.  Key Stage 2History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.

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On Your Doorstep - School Log Books

Using archives to explore local history. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using school log books as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history. The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.  Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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Wales at War - Cardiff during WW2

What was daily life like in Cardiff during World War 2? Whilst investigating digital copies of primary sources from Glamorgan Archives, learners will develop an understanding of daily life in Cardiff during WW2. Pupils will establish the date for the outbreak of war and investigate air raids, evacuation, rationing and VE Day.  Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Numeracy skills  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. 

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On Your Doorstep - Sales Catalogues

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using sales catalogues as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.  Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Trade Directories

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using trade directories as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.  Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Photographs

Using archives to explore local history. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using photographs as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.  Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Parish Registers

Using archives to explore local history. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using parish registers as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.  The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.   Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Newspapers

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using newspapers as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.   The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.  Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Maps

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using Ordnance Survey and tithe maps as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It  forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local  history.  The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.    Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Census Returns

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using census returns as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history. The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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Time for Washing

An interactive iBook about washing clothes before washing machines. Designed to be used by your learners; includes games, archive material and suggested activities. There is also a PDF version (not interactive) if you don't have access to iOS (Apple).Can be used as a stand-alone resource, but best used to complement washday sessions at St Fagans National Museum of History , Big Pit National Coal Museum and the National Slate Museum - where there is a chance to have a go at some of the steps of the process with a facilitator. Foundation PhaseKnowledge and understanding of the world, Literacy, Numeracy Lower Key Stage 2History, Literacy, Numeracy Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.

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What was school like in Roman times?

Kids in Museums Takeover Day at National Roman Legion Museum.Students from Lodge Hill Primary School came to the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon as part of the Kids in Museums Takeover Day, 2017. They took over to tell the story of what school was like in Roman times when girls were not allowed to attend school. They wrote, scripted and filmed this video. Key Stage 2History, Digital Competence Framework, Computing, Literacy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for making your own digital projects. 

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Investigate the landscape of Wales - The...

What can we learn about the Landscape of Wales by investigating Falcon Hildred’s artwork?This teaching pack will support the learner to answer the question above, and develop an understanding of the materials used along with composition, techniques and tools. Follow the links to the collections of the digitised works to support your study and explore Falcon Hildred’s work further. Key Stage 2 & 3ArtHistoryGeographyFamous Welsh People  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.  

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Life of a Roman Soldier

This movie was filmed by pupils from St Woolos Primary School, Newport, at National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon. As part of Kids in Museums Take Over Day in November 2015 pupils from St Woolos were given a tour of the Museum including a special visit to the 'behind the scenes' collection area. Here the children saw and held Roman objects that are rarely seen by the public, some of them only recently found at the site. Using what they had learnt as inspiration the pupils then wrote, filmed and starred in this fantastic re-enactment of the life of a Roman soldier, living and training in the Roman barracks at Isca (now Caerleon) nearly 2000 years ago. Key Stage 2History, Digital Competence Framework, Computing, Literacy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for making your own digital projects. 

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Chapels and churches in Patagonia

As soon as they had settled in the Camwy Valley in 1865, the Welsh settlers began to hold formal religious services in the plain wooden storehouse which had been built in the centre of the village of Caer Antur. The Reverends Abraham Matthews and Lewis Humphreys (Congregationalist ministers) took it in turn to lead the Sunday service.  Key Stage 3History, Religious education  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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The history of the Welsh language in Patagonia

Emigration was an ordinary aspect of life in nineteenth-century Wales. Economic hardship, above anything else, caused thousands of Welsh people to leave their native communities in search of a better life in the United States. Yet, while there was hope of a better standard of living in North America, many immigrants were aware of the danger that they would lose their national characteristics as they and their descendents assimilated into American society. Michael D. Jones observed this tendency during a visit to the United States in 1848-9 and he was convinced of the need for a Welsh settlement in Patagonia as a means of safeguarding the language, customs and religion of his compatriots. In Michael D. Jones’s mind, the establishment of a settlement where the Welsh language had official status would allow the national identity of the immigrants to flourish unhindered.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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Early Schools in the Welsh Settlement - Patagonia

Soon after the first settlers had made their new home on the banks of the River Chupat, they constructed a wooden building to accomodate the first school in Patagonia. The Rev. Lewis Humphreys, originally from Ganllwyd, was appointed as schoolmaster. Children of all ages attended the school, where they could receive their education through the medium of Welsh.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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Dark times - floods and emigration - Patagonia

To cap it all, the Camwy Valley was struck in 1899 by the worst floods since the arrival of the first Welsh settlers in 1865. According to contemporary reports, it rained in the Camwy Valley for more than three weeks, which caused the level of the river to rise at a rate of fifteen inches every twelve hours. Homes and property were damaged and settlers escaped to higher ground for safety.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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Crossing the Patagonian plains: from the Camwy...

In the early 1870s some of the most adventurous Welsh settlers felt a desire to explore the extensive lands which surrounded the Settlement.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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Before Freedom, Jazz Heritage Wales

This resource tells the story of Willis, a slave who arrived in Swansea on the 2nd of February 1833, and was freed. Placing the story in the context of the Slave Trade and the Welsh and other people who helped to end it, it becomes relevant to todays children. Key Stage 2History Learning ActivityThese resources stand alone, and we would be grateful if Jazz Heritage Wales is acknowledged when they are used, and that completed evaluation forms are sent to [email protected] 

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Early days in Patagonia

Shortly after the 'Mimosa' had anchored in New Bay on 27 July 1865, Captain George Pepperrell, the surgeon Thomas Greene, and some half a dozen of the male passengers, decided to disembark and inspect the land. It is said that Hugh Hughes (Cadfan Gwynedd) was the first of the emigrants to set foot on Patagonian soil.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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The native Patagonians and the Welsh settlers

The Welsh were not the first inhabitants of Patagonia. For centuries, indigenous tribes had lived on the Patagonian plains, speaking their own language and practising their own customs. Among them were the 'Tehuelche', a nomadic tribe which originated from the area between the River Negro and the Strait of Magellan. It was the Tehuelche who had the most contact with the Welsh settlers during the nineteenth century.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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Patagonia collections

Links for several collections suitable for learning on Patagonia Key Stage 3History; Geography; Religious Education; Welsh Language CollectionWe have collected these items together so that you can quickly and easily use them as resources to create activities for your class.

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Patagonia - The voyage of the 'Mimosa'...

On 28 May 1865, the first group of Welsh emigrants began its long journey from Liverpool to Patagonia. Although many of the 150 passengers aboard the 'Mimosa' would probably have been anxious about the voyage ahead, they would also have been relieved that the waiting was over and that they were starting on their journey to South America. Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.

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Establishment of the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia

The idea of establishing a specifically 'Welsh' community in another part of the world emerged long before the mid-nineteenth century.  Key Stage 3History  Learning ActivityThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of nine relating to Patagonia for KS3.